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Twitter to Crack Down on Hate Symbols, Abuse

Twitter will take a stricter stance against sexual harassment, hate symbols and violent groups on the platform, according to new rules the company is rolling out in the coming weeks.

The changes, which were first reported by Wired on Tuesday, include permanently suspending any account found posting nude images meant to harass someone. The company will also crackdown on unwanted sexual advances made over the platform through a better "bystander reporting" feature.

Although the company is still defining which hate symbols and violent groups will be covered by the new rules, they mark Twitter's latest balancing act in combating abuse on the platform while also promoting free speech.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey mentioned the changes were coming last Saturday after his company faced a backlash for briefly suspending the account of actress Rose McGowan, who had been using Twitter to call attention to sexual abuse claims in Hollywood.

The suspension sparked a one-day boycott against the social media service, which critics say has applied its rules to censor some users, but not others like U.S. President Donald Trump who's well known for using Twitter to make controversial remarks.

On Tuesday, Dorsey tweeted that Twitter has been holding daily meetings to improve the policies governing the site. He also tweeted that his company has "identified gaps" when it comes to enforcing the company's rules.

"Consistent interpretation and enforcement of our rules is our objective. We also need to remove the burden of reporting from those who are targeted," he posted.

As part of the rule changes, Twitter said it'll also invest heavily in the way it reviews accounts that have been reported for abusive behavior. The company plans to also provide more details about how it will take action against hate symbols and violent groups.

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